What Baha’is Believe
Throughout history, God has sent to humanity, according to the needs of the time, a series of Divine Educators. These Divine Educators include Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad, the Bab and Baha’u’llah. Their social and spiritual teachings have guided humanity’s efforts to advance civilisation.
Baha’u’llah, the most recent of these Divine Educators, teaches that humanity, having passed through the ages of infancy and childhood, now stands at the threshold of its collective maturity. The hallmark of humanity’s collective maturity will be the unification of humanity in a global civilization that harmonizes the material and spiritual dimensions of human existence. Much of the turmoil in the world today can be viewed as humanity passing through the turbulent period of adolescence.
The writings of Baha'u'llah provide a wealth of teachings that assist us in progressing on this path towards maturity, and in building a peaceful and unified world. These teachings address such essential themes as the oneness of humanity, the elimination of prejudice of all kinds, the progressive revelation of religious truth, the integration of worship and service, the equality of the sexes, the importance of education, the centrality of justice to all human endeavours, and the harmony of science and religion.